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Caleb
Daniel

Height
168 cm
DOB
07-07-1996
Weight
71 kg
Debut
2015
Games
2017
20
Career
54
Goals
2017
5
Career
22
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1506
Avg
75
CalebDaniel

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: South Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut: Rd 14 (Carlton) 2015
Recruited from: South Adelaide (SANFL)
Brownlow Votes: 1

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Daniel is a prolific ball-winning midfielder,  an astute decision maker and executes well by hand or foot.

The 18-year-old had an outstanding last three games of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, winning All Australian honours.

He averaged 20 disposals at 92 per cent efficiency in three appearances during the championships, including a best-afield display against Vic Country with 27 touches, eight tackles and three goals.

Daniel also impressed in 11 SANFL games for South Adelaide.

The South Australian highlighted his elite endurance at the NAB AFL Draft Combine, sharing top honours in the beep test with a level 16.1 and scored 25/30 in the clean hands test.

After debuting in 2015 and playing 10 games, Daniel played 24 games in season 2016 and finished runner-up in the NAB AFL Rising Star award to Sydney's Callum Mills.

Daniel had the last laugh though, as a member of the Western Bulldogs' Grand Final winning side that defeated the Swans to claim the 2016 AFL Premiership.

Season By Season

Season in short

Caleb Daniel impressed again in 2017, demonstrating the same hunger for the contest which has characterised his brief career. 

The 168cm midfielder added a further 20 games to his career tally, missing only Rounds 4 and 5 playing in the VFL.

Daniel's best performance of the year came in the Dogs' narrow loss to West Coast in Round 8 where he gathered 30 disposals, and laid four tackles. He backed it up in Round 9 against Geelong, working hard to collect 28 disposals and 10 contested possessions.

Stat that mattered:

He kicked a career high two goals from 26 disposals in a two-point loss to GWS in Canberra in Round 6.

What they said:

"I spent a couple of weeks in the VFL [early in the season] and was able to find a bit of the footy.

“I came back and started to contribute to the team as I would’ve liked.

“I want to continue to work on my contested side of footy, being smaller you’ve got to be able to go out there and stick it with the big guys. I’ll continue to work on that and get a bit bigger and stronger again. Hopefully that takes care of itself.”

- Caleb Daniel, September 2017

Season in short

What a rise it’s been for Caleb Daniel.

Taken with pick 46 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, the 167-centimetre South Australian finished off his debut season with 10 games under his belt, including an appearance in the Club’s 2015 Elimination Final side.

Fast forward to the end of his second season and he averaged 22 touches per game, four marks, kicked 11 goals and finished second in the NAB Rising Star voting.

His clean ball use is a highlight and his composure under pressure is the stuff of a 134 game veteran, not 34. 

Played in every final this season and produced a 33 touch, best on ground performance in the Bulldogs’ elimination final win over the West Coast Eagles in Perth.

 

The stat that mattered

Had a career high seven tackles against Sydney in round 15.

 

What they said

“I got to play a bit more midfield time this year, you know, try and run around and get a kick and see if I could help out the team in that respect this year.

“To be able to do that in such a successful team was pretty cool.

“There’s a lot to work on in my game.  I’d love to be able to go inside and take some pressure of guys Luke Dahlhaus and Marcus Bontempelli in the midfield and I’ve always got to work on the tackling and that sort of stuff.”

Season By Season

Season in short:

Recruited with pick number 46 in the 2014 national draft, Caleb Daniel silenced critics who said the 167-centimetre forward may have been too short to play AFL football.

While minor knee surgery delayed his start to the year, Daniel forced his way into the side in round 14 for his senior debut.

Starting as the substitute, Daniel came into the game at half time and picked up 14 disposals, five marks and one goal.

He averaged 16 disposals from his first five AFL games and his attack on the football and ball use made up for his lack of height.

Finishing the year with 10 senior games, Daniel was a member of the Bulldogs’ elimination final side and was also the Club’s nominee in the AFLPA Best First Year Player award.

 

Stat that mattered:

Daniel finished ninth among the game’s rising stars in goal assists per game.

 

What they said:

“It’s been awesome… The knee hiccup didn’t serve me too greatly but it was still good to show that resilience and experience that early… As a first year player being able to play in a final, I really couldn’t ask for anything more.” ­– Caleb Daniel, September 2015

“He’s a smart little player Caleb. We loved having him into our footy club and he had a big pre-season. After he got over the knee he had a bit of an impact in the back half of the year… He’s crafty around goal, great hands and poise and he connects well inside 50 so we’ll be looking for him to improve that again over the pre-season.” – Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 10.5
    • Handballs 11.2
    • Disposals 21.7
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 75.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Carlton Rd 17
Handballs 20 Sydney Swans Rd 12
Disposals 30 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Marks 8 GWS Giants Rd 6
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Goals 2 GWS Giants Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 103 GWS Giants Rd 6

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 10 12 22 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 62
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 11 7 18 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 69
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 10 8 18 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 68
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 14 10 24 8 0 0 0 1 2 1 103
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 11 9 20 4 0 2 0 2 0 1 74
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 13 17 30 3 0 2 0 4 0 1 101
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 13 15 28 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 98
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 9 13 22 3 0 0 0 4 0 1 79
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 8 20 28 1 0 1 1 4 1 0 87
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 9 19 28 4 0 2 0 2 1 0 93
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 8 8 16 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 66
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 11 11 22 1 0 0 1 4 0 1 72
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 6 5 11 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 37
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 18 7 25 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 68
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 15 4 19 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 84
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 12 7 19 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 82
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 9 13 22 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 84
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 6 12 18 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 52
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 12 15 27 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 85
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 5 12 17 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 42
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 210 224 434 59 0 12 8 57 5 5 1506

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 54
    • Kicks 10.1
    • Handballs 10.0
    • Disposals 20.1
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 73.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Carlton Rd 17, 2017
Handballs 20 Sydney Swans Rd 12, 2017
Disposals 33 West Coast Eagles W1, 2016
Marks 8 GWS Giants Rd 6, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Sydney Swans Rd 15, 2016
Goals 2 GWS Giants Rd 6, 2017
AFL Fantasy 128 Hawthorn Rd 3, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 210 224 434 59 0 12 8 57 5 5 1506
2016 Western Bulldogs 279 239 518 89 0 13 14 79 11 9 1944
2015 Western Bulldogs 55 76 131 23 0 7 4 22 6 2 507

Legend

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Kicks
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Handballs
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Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points